We shared the following content to our Facebook Community on the week of May 13th 2019. Follow us on Facebook to get our daily post on your newsfeed.
Why we shared this article: Overcoming global stereotypes on Africans or people of African descent is a challenge that still plagues us. Yes, we still have myriads of problems as a continent but stories of scientific progress from many corners of our continent abound but are often overlooked.
Why we shared this article: To establish a successful research career in Africa, so many things have to go right. Since most of the research money is coming from private companies or donor agencies in Western countries, researchers need to establish successful partnerships with scientists in these western countries. To run a successful research team, one has to think more like a business CEO more than an academician, market your research and be able to compete for research funding year in-year out. Skills such as grant-writing, professional networking, recruiting the best talent and financial budgeting become very important.
Why we shared this article: When it comes to attending schools outside of one’s country, the US and Western Europe comes into mind for most African STEM students. However, there are great alternatives out there. China and Japan make great destinations to the US since their scientific output rivals that of the US.
Why we shared this article: In rural settings of Africa, E-learning can make all the difference since the infrastructure demands of a traditional teaching can be easily overcome. We can introduce STEM concepts and reserve the trip to school for exams and practical learning. Facebook groups such as this one are helping self-taught STEM enthusiasts learn concepts and put them to use. In fact, E-learning organizations such as Eneza from Kenya prove that E-learning is especially suited for Africa.
Why we shared this article: We want STEM students to view their education and careers not just as a destination but as a tool to achieve their goals and dreams. STEM education instills very important life and professional skills including critical thinking, project management and thinking outside the box. These skills become very handy in almost any career or field of practise.
Why we shared this article: Innovation and invention most times leads to miniaturization of gadgetry. The cost of a particular piece of technology also comes down with miniaturization. We shared recently about how drones are being used to deliver life-saving supplies in Rwanda and Ghana.